We have a very serious issue regarding the titling of images which has had detrimental impact on Club performance. Some of our members are changing titles of their images, entering them under different titles on different occasions. This is totally unacceptable for several reasons but most importantly, it has meant the Selection Committee can make mistakenly select the image twice which results in it being disqualified as happened last year. This is unfair to the other Members whose work has been selected but is then unused because of other Member’s carelessness. Last season in the League PDIs we were relegated because we had inadvertently submitted the same image twice but with different titles. Fortunately this season we have come second in League 2 and and so will resume our rightful place League 1 for next season.
Another problem that we have found that one Member is using the same title fordifferentportrait images. This is not acceptable as we can select an image but the one we receive from the Member is different, which as you can imagine causes considerable confusion.
We also also that image titles are kept short – many national and international exhibitions physically limit titles to character count and long titles are problematic, especially when it comes to setting up the Annual Exhibitition Catalogue
We simply must ask for all Members’ co-operation to avoid these problems and the difficulties it has caused the Selection Committee whose job is anyway difficult and whose members give up their time for the benefit of all Club Members.
It is quite simple. One image – one title: one title – one image.
Paul William’s short and sweet title – Femme Fatale
I have been approached by a number of Members who were puzzled why I have been asking for first PDIs and now Prints.
Just to outline, the reason is that the Club has a Selection Committee that, as the name implies, selects work for various external competitions and this predominately is at the beginning of the season. We enter both PDIs and Prints in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) inter-club league competitions. That is, the competitions between clubs in the southern area which are divided into different groups according to their previous success in these competitions. There are six print leagues and seven PDI leagues. Chichester is currently in League 1 for prints and League 2 for PDIs. Each club in the relevant league hosts one of the inter-club judging rounds during the season. We will be hosting the Print League on 7th December and the PDI League on 4th January.
We have to select eight prints which will then be away for most of the season, as these same prints are used for all the league matches where they are judged by a different judge in each round. The prints will be away from October until February. We have the same requirements for PDIs. We then also compete in the SCPF Exhibition where we select 6 prints and 8 PDIs. For these competitions we use what the Selection Committee considers to be the best work available from all of the membership.
We also enter the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) competitions both in prints and PDIs. For these competitions we only use work from the Club Class and Intermediate sections only. That ensures that there are opportunities for those members to have work selected to represent the Club, and although we are competing against images from the Advanced classes in other clubs, we do very well.
Because of our success last year when we were joint League 1 winners, this year we have the honour of representing the SCPF at the Interclubs Print championship run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) in Blackburn. This is on Sunday 29th October, we shall return the 40 prints that we require for this event the following Thursday. Over the season we have other external competitions where again as the Selection Committee Chair I shall be asking for more PDIs and Prints. Hopefully this has helped you to understand the reason for our requirements. Do ask Sheila Tester, our SCPF Representative, or Richard Smith, our SxPF Representative, if you would like any further information.
Peter Rocchiccioli, Chair of the Selection Committee
Tony Baberstock’s Olive Grove was chosen by the Selection Committee last season as part of the Club’s submission to the SxPF Print Competition, and was a medal winner
Would all members please bring a number of your best prints, mounted 50cm x 40cm for consideration by the Selection Committee. We need your prints for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) League and the Exhibition (held at Salisbury) The dead line date is next Thursday 14th September. Thank you for your co-operation, it is much appreciated.
The Club’s Management Committee has been working with the Selection Committee to make clearer to all Members the role of the Selection Committee and what it does. As part of that, we have agreed ‘Role Guidance’ so that there is a clear, set out understanding of the function of the Selection Committee.
Briefly, the purpose of the Selection Committee is to allocate new members to the appropriate classification; to manage the internal promotion system of members; to select images for the Annual Exhibition and for external competitions to represent the Club and to achieve the best results, while promoting work from as many members as possible across Club, Intermediate and Advance classes as appropriate.
The Selection Committee has done rather well this year in selecting images for the external competitions and in consequence the Club’s standing is good. Their task isn’t an easy one, not least as the Club’s standard is high and selecting the representative images from so many potential entries can be hard. Combined with that, the rules for some external competitions are complex and putting together the right mix of images from members who do or do not have accreditations, the balance of different genres and ensuring as many different photographers are included in the mix can be a challenge!
We are still looking for prints from ALL members for the Hospice and the Selection Committee. Joan and Jon Barham organise a changing collection of prints at the Hospice and are hoping to update that in the next week or two. The Hospice Print box is still rather sparse so do please look out prints for them for next week. Panel collections are very suitable!
The Selection Committee meets on Friday 24th February to select images for both the Regnum Crouch and Sussex Photographic Federation Print Competitions. The SxFed competition is one Chichester keeps for our Club and Intermediate Class members, so do please bring your prints along next Thursday. Those that scored 9, 9.5 or 10 are particularly welcome, but the Selection Committee would also like to see other images that you would like to submit. The Selection Committee do have a considerable task in putting the images together for the SxFd as the rules are very complex, so please don’t be discouraged if you haven’t had work selected before.